Opus One 2018

Mondavi / Opus One: Opus One 2018

Zum Winzer

Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Petit Verdot 6%, Merlot 5%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Malbec 1%
rot, trocken
14,0% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2026–2062
Verpackt in: 6er OHK
voluminös & kräftig
seidig & aromatisch
Lobenberg: 98–100/100
Suckling: 99/100
International Wine Report: 99/100
Parker: 98/100
Jane Anson: 98/100
Decanter: 98/100
Falstaff: 98/100
Jeb Dunnuck: 97/100
Jancis Robinson: 18/20
USA, Californien
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Opus One 2018


Lobenberg: Intensives Bouquet von süßem Lakritz und Unmengen reifer schwarzer Beeren, im Gaumen samtig, opulent und voller Stoff. Weißer Pfeffer, Schwarztee. Cremige Textur und reife Fruchtaromen. Ein Hauch von Gerbstoff. Raffiniert und langlebig. 98-100/100


Suckling über: Opus One

-- Suckling: Extremely perfumed and floral with lavender, lilacs and violets to the sweet, ripe berries, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Some slate and graphite, too. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so balanced and refined, with super fine tannins that last for minutes. Fresh herbs, such as bay leaf and lemon grass highlight the dark fruit. The quality of tannin is exquisite with wonderful polish and refinement. Lasts for minutes. So wonderful to taste now, but better after 2026. 99/100


International Wine Report über: Opus One

-- International Wine Report: The 2018 Opus One is nothing short of fantastic in this vintage. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Petit Verdot 6%, Merlot 5%, Cabernet Franc 4% and Malbec 1% this begins to seduce with aromatics of fresh crushed blackberries, dark currants and hints of blueberries, which are laced with fresh florals, dark chocolate, graphite, peppery herbs and a touch of loam soil that all coming together beautifully in the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous medium-plus to full body that shows wonderful elegance and finesse. It continues to impress with its incredible overall balance, focus and structure, as beautifully polished tannins that frame its core of remarkably fresh dark berry fruits that resonate through the long, graceful finish. This is a simply gorgeous release from Opus One and Michael Silacci and while it is already stunning today, it also displays the character to age for decades to come. 99/100


Parker über: Opus One

-- Parker: Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Opus One soars out of the glass with bright, bold boysenberries, warm cassis and ripe, juicy black plums notes, plus emerging nuances of lilacs, oolong tea, cinnamon stick, tilled soil and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound layers of crunchy black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with lifted fruitiness and on a lingering mineral note. 98/100


Jane Anson über: Opus One

-- Jane Anson: As is so often the case with Opus, the wine expands slowly but surely, seducing you with the quality of tannins and the depth of the fruits that are wrapped around them. Silky at first, but as the wine expands you feel a grainier, slate texture that holds your interest. Rosebud, black cherry, cassis purée, espresso, juicy and elegant finish, extremely moreish. Similar vintage style to the 2005, a wine that I loved during a vertical of Opus I did in 2019, and the result of a mild and moderate growing season. They have eliminated green harvest as of 2020, and instead anticipate how to balance the crop earlier in the season during shoot thinning. 18 days skin contact in the cellar, another sign that this is a gentle vintage where everything came naturally so no need to macerate too long (over the years maceration has varied between 9 days and“43 days). Tasted twice. 98/100


Decanter über: Opus One

-- Decanter: Power and concentration from the start but with a lovely vein of cool blue fruits and an invigoratingly fresh core. Dark chocolate, coffee, blueberries and pomegranate combine to give a seductive nose and follow through on the palate with an immediate burst of juicy acidity and plush tannins. Layered and nuanced, the texture is striking, elegant and precise with juice that his the side of the mouth supported by oak spice that gently frames the overall feeling giving balance. Abundant in a sense but also reigned in making you want another glass straight away. 80% wild yeast fermentation for the first time as of the 2018 vintage. 98/100


Falstaff über: Opus One

-- Falstaff: Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Reife schwarze Beerenfrucht, Creme de Cassis, Nougat, süße Gewürze und etwas Vanille, sehr einladendes Bukett. Kraftvoll, schwarze Frucht nach Brombeeren, Cassis und süßen Pflaumen, straffe, aber reife Tannine, finessenreiches Säuregerüst unterlegt, zeigt sehr gute Länge, schokoladiger Touch im Nachhall, wird mit Reife noch weiter zulegen. 98/100


Jeb Dunnuck über: Opus One

-- Jeb Dunnuck: The 2018 Opus One is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This deep purple-hued effort leans to lively, fresher side of the vintage but has a brilliant, utterly classic style in its crème de cassis and blue-tinged fruit as well as notes of lead pencil, candied violets, damp earth, and chocolate-like nuances. With a Pomerol-like elegance and purity, it's medium to full-bodied and has wonderful tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. It plays in the finesse-driven end of the spectrum yet is concentrated and seamless, with serious length. It offers pleasure today but should benefit from 4-5 years in the cellar, and my money is on it evolving for 30 years or more. 97/100


Jancis Robinson über: Opus One

-- Jancis Robinson: A little sweeter than the Monte Bello 2011 tasted alongside initially but it finishes dry and appetising – and definitely has a bordeaux-like structure. Impressively long. 18/20

Mein Winzer

Mondavi / Opus One

Inmitten des berühmten To-Kolon Weinbergs im Herzen von Napa Valley liegt das 1966 von Robert Mondavi gegründete Weingut. Hier erzeugt die Familie Mondavi seit drei Jahrzehnten Weine, die zu den besten in ganz Napa Valley zählen, weil sie das außergewöhnliche Klima, die Einzigartigkeit der Böden und...

Opus One 2018